What Are Panic Bars And Do You Need Them?
Many commercial spaces such as stadiums, theatres and office buildings require panic bars to be implemented in exit doors to allow easy access in an emergency.
Panic bars – also known as a crash bar, panic exit device, or a push bar – is a special type of door handle designed specifically for emergency exits, fire doors and other special purpose doors. They are common in many types of commercial, industrial and public spaces.
Panic bars are just one of the accessories that you can include on your door set, and can be incorporated into many types of doors. Let’s take a look at the panic bar options from FSE Special Purpose Doors. All of our panic bars are manufactured in accordance with and comply with Australian Standard AS1905.
What Are Panic Bars?
Panic bars are usually included on door sets in emergency exits and other escape routes where access needs to be as easy as possible in a crisis. The mechanism works by simply pushing on a large flat lever or bar that is fixed horizontally (or sometimes vertically) to the door. By pushing on the bar, the door also swings open, allowing for quick and easy access. This helps prevent stampedes and bottlenecks.
They are also dead-latched, which means they allow access from the inside while remaining locked from the outside. They are useful for businesses and other commercial spaces that need to adhere to fire regulations but don’t want to sacrifice security.
Because of the efficiency of the mechanism, they may also be implemented in spaces that simple have high traffic flow, even in normal circumstances, such as schools and hospitals.
Do I Need Panic Doors?
Ensuring safe exit route in a commercial space is of paramount importance in the case of fire, as well as other emergency situations, like a gas leak, chemical spill or criminal attack. The regulations around compliance with these circumstances are quite complex.
Panic Bars are required where large volumes of people congregate, such as in halls or theatres, where there is a high risk of “crowd crush”. This is where people surge against a door in an emergency, either blocking the exit or hurting people in the process.
If you have any doubts or queries about whether you may need panic bars installed, get in touch with the BCA.
What Types of Doors Can Include Panic Bars?
• Single doors
• Double doors
• Fire doors
• Acoustic doors
• Metal doors
• Security doors
• Heritage doors
• Glass doors
At FSE Special Purpose Doors, all of our doors are fully tested and certified to meet Australian requirements. To find out more about our panic bar selection, please contact us at [email protected] or 1300 4 DOORS.